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Much of the attention this week in tech was on the litany of quarterly earnings reports, but there's still news in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology world to watch.

Catch up quick: An investigation into the industry's media pay-to-play; a judge dismissed an initial lawsuit against Coinbase over Bitcoin Cash listing; and the SEC's newest commissioner recently met with groups behind the Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal.

Investigation into the industry's media pay-to-play (Breaker Magazine)

  • Why it matters: One unfortunate side of the boom in cryptocurrency and blockchain tech interest and activity is the rise of unethical trade press practices — namely some outlets charging fees to promote a project or company. Unethical media behavior has been around long before Bitcoin, but the combination of new and sometimes complex technology, along with lofty promises of fortunes, means that it can be especially damaging when this industry's news sites behave unethically.

Judge dismisses initial lawsuit against Coinbase over Bitcoin Cash listing (Coindesk)

  • Why it matters: Coinbase came under fire last year when the price of Bitcoin Cash spiked just hours before Coinbase announced its listing, leading to suspicions of insider trading. Coinbase says an outside investigation has found no wrongdoing. Still, a judge has dismissed most of this lawsuit's claims without prejudice, meaning that the plaintiff can file a modified complaint that's clearer in making its case.

The SEC's newest commissioner recently met with groups behind Bitcoin ETF proposal (Coindesk)

  • Why it matters: The Bitcoin ETF could have a chance. The SEC rejected a number of proposals recently, though it eventually stayed its rejection of three of them and will reconsider them. Proponents of these ETFs say they'll be a significant step in ushering more institutional capital into the market. (Here's the presentation provided to Commissioner Elad Roisman, who joined in September.)

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The U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules

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President Trump's crackdown on TikTok suggests that the U.S. government is starting to see the internet more like China does — as a network that countries can and should control within their borders.

The big picture: Today's global internet has split into three zones, according to many observers: The EU's privacy-focused network; China's government-dominated network; and the U.S.-led network dominated by a handful of American companies. TikTok's fate suggests China's model has U.S. fans as well.

GOP plans "nightly surprise" for revamped convention

President Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Bill Clark/Getty Images

The reworked Republican National Convention will be a four-night spectacle including still-under-wraps venues, a 10 p.m. "nightly surprise" and guests and themes playing to "the forgotten men and women of America," two senior Trump campaign officials involved tell Axios.

Driving the news: The messaging will focus heavily on "very granular details" of what a second term for President Trump would look like — answering a question Trump left hanging in a Fox News event earlier this summer — and attack cancel culture, "radical elements" of society and threats to public safety.

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Axios-Ipsos poll: Fear of voting

Data: Axios/Ipsos poll; Note: ±3.0% margin of error for the total sample; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to worry about in-person voting — with nearly two in three seeing it as a large or moderate risk to their health — according to this week's installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Why it matters: This could pose a significant disadvantage for Joe Biden and other Democratic candidates in November if the pattern holds — especially in states where high infection rates persist, or where there are significant hurdles to mail-in, absentee or early voting.